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  • 'Textbook Rebellion' Launches Cross-Country Tour | INPIRG
    new options like open textbooks that are already out there today A new survey released by the Student PIRGs found that 70 student respondents reported not purchasing one or more of their assigned textbooks because the cost was too high Of those students 78 said they generally believed that they would do worse in a course without the required materials There s a growing awareness among professors that textbook costs are an increasing financial burden on students said Dr Charles Stangor Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland and author of an open textbook published by Flat World Knowledge What we need are high quality affordable options like open textbooks and other open resources that give all students access to the knowledge they need to succeed in their courses The Textbook Rebellion was created earlier this year out of widespread frustration with the skyrocketing cost of college textbooks Prices have been rising more than four times the rate of inflation for the past two decades The College Board estimates that the average student will spend 1 137 on textbooks each year Unnecessary new editions expensive bundles and e books that expire are common publishing industry tactics to further increase costs In an economy where a college degree is practically a necessity for securing a good job students need to be able to afford the course materials they need to learn in school said Jamil Scott Vice President of Academic Affairs for the Associated Students of the University of Maryland College Park The Textbook Rebellion coalition released the schedule for the 40 events of its fall semester tour Contact Nicole Allen at 401 484 8104 or nicole studentpirgs org for event details Click here for the latest version of the tour schedule Wed 8 31 University of Maryland Thu 9 1 Rutgers Camden NJ Fri 9 2 Rutgers Newark NJ Rutgers New Brunswick NJ Tue 9 6 UConn Storrs UConn Hartford Trinity College Wed 9 7 UMASS Amherst Worcester State College Thu 9 8 UMASS Boston Boston College Fri 9 9 UMASS Lowell Salem State College Mon 9 12 UMASS Dartmouth Wed 9 14 Indiana University Thu 9 15 University of Wisconsin Madison Fri 9 16 Truman College Wilbur Wright College City Colleges of Chicago Mon 9 19 Colorado University Denver Colorado University Boulder Colorado University Colorado Springs Tue 9 20 University of New Mexico Wed 9 21 University of Arizona Arizona State University Thurs 9 22 University of California Los Angeles University of Southern California Fri 9 23 University of California Irvine University of California Riverside Mon 9 26 University of California San Diego Tue 9 27 University of California Santa Barbara Wed 9 28 University of California Santa Cruz Thu 9 29 University of California Berkeley Fri 9 30 De Anza College City College of San Francisco Mon 10 3 University of California Davis Tue 10 4 Southern Oregon University Wed 10 5 University of Oregon Lane Community College Thu 10 6 University of Washington Fri 10 7

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  • Ripoff 101: Tips for Saving on Textbooks | INPIRG
    cause of high textbook prices I have to admit at first we were a little alarmed by the results Textbook prices were rising at 4 times the rate of inflation and publishers were artificially inflating their prices Our staff and students released a series of reports which got a lot of media attention and faculty and congress responded Since 2004 several states have taken legislative action and last summer the national textbook price disclosure law went into effect Now we ve teamed up with other student faculty college and affordable textbook groups to launch a coalition called the Textbook Rebellion which will present a united front against textbook rip offs Good luck Make Textbooks Affordable Textbooks Add new comment Comments aecdbdfv November 5 2012 11 32pm Zsnanytw Canada Goose Jackor Mbxcpeqk Lid Coach Outlet Store Online Jidm reply About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments IU Chapter Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns 21st Century Transportation Affordable Higher Education Democracy Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Subsidizing Obesity Student Consumer Action Network Sustainable U Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Blog Posts by Campaign Make Textbooks Affordable Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable Stop Subsidizing Obesity Student Consumer Action Network Sustainable U 21st Century Transportation Affordable Higher Education Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Newsroom Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources Students in Action Student leaders educate the campus about income inequality during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week We collect petition signatures lots of them Hunger and

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  • Trouble In Toyland: The 25th Annual Survey of Toy Safety | INPIRG
    jewelry or other children s products vinyl bibs lunchboxes etc The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act bans lead except at trace amounts in paint or coatings 90 ppm limit as of August 2009 and in any toys jewelry or other products for use by children under 12 years 300 ppm limit as of August 2009 and 100ppm by August 2011 According to our analysis of CPSC recalls over the past twelve months CPSC has recalled more than half a million toys or other children s products for violations of the lead paint standard The CPSC has recalled an additional 392 000 toys and other children s products for violation of the 300 ppm lead standard Some children s toys and jewelry may contain unacceptable levels of lead We found toys and other children s products that may exceed the CPSIA s lead paint standards Phthalates in Children s Products Numerous scientists have documented the potential health effects of exposure to phthalates in the womb or at crucial stages of development U S EPA studies show that the cumulative impact of different phthalates leads to an exponential increase in associated harm According to data from the U S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC levels of phthalates found in humans are higher than levels shown to cause adverse health effects The data also show phthalate levels are highest in children Section 108 of the CPSIA bans toys containing three classes of phthalates for all children and bans toys containing three more phthalates if they can be put in younger children s mouths This provision went into effect in February 2009 This year we found two products that laboratory testing showed to contain levels of phthalates that may exceed limits allowed by the CPSIA Choking Hazards Choking on small parts small balls and balloons remains a leading cause of toy related deaths and injuries Between 1990 and 2009 at least 198 children died after choking or asphyxiating on a toy or toy part two children died in 2009 alone The law bans small parts in toys for children under three and requires an explicit prominent warning label on toys with small parts for children between the ages of three and six In addition balls with a diameter smaller than 1 75 inches are banned for children under three years old 6 Although most toys on store shelves are safe there are still some toys that may pose choking hazards Specifically Our analysis of recalls and other actions taken by the CPSC 7 from October 1 2009 October 30 2010 revealed that choking hazards were the leading cause of such actions In the past year 5 8 million toys and other children s products have been recalled in the U S and Canada due to choking hazards Some toys may pose a choking or suffocation hazard even if they meet the letter of the law We continue to find toys with small parts that just barely met the CPSC standard We recommend

    Original URL path: http://inpirg.org/reports/in/trouble-toyland-25th-annual-survey-toy-safety (2016-04-29)
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  • New Laws, Free Books and Textbook Rentals Could Help Curb Rising Costs This Fall | INPIRG
    new law empowers professors to readily identify lower cost options that suit their instructional needs said Dr D Steven White Professor of Marketing International Business at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on a conference call last month Another requirement in the law is that colleges must provide the list of assigned textbooks for each course during registration which means that students will now have months rather than weeks or days to save up and shop around for the best deals The law also limits bundling a notorious practice used by publishers to drive up costs Read more about the law here http www studentpirgs org textbooks heoa Open Source Textbooks Another exciting development is that affordable alternatives are on the rise Open source textbooks which are commonly hailed as the next step will be used in hundreds of new classrooms starting this fall including two of White s courses Open textbooks are college texts offered online under a license that allows free digital access and low cost printing Unlike conventional e books which can be expensive and highly restrictive open textbooks are free online and hard copies are affordable 20 40 in most cases White estimates that his switch to open textbooks will save his students more than 11 000 The Open College Textbook Act which was introduced in Congress by Senator Dick Durbin D IL would establish a federally funded competitive grant program to create more open textbooks Read more about open textbooks here http www studentpirgs org open textbooks Rental Textbooks Although prices continue to skyrocket students have gained new ways to escape paying full fare Textbook rental programs are at the top of the list having spread like wildfire over the summer to colleges across the country Starting this fall students at literally thousands of colleges could save hundreds by renting their books either on campus or online through websites like Chegg com or BookRenter com Read our tips to save on textbooks here http www studentpirgs org textbooks tips Although these new developments will not cause textbook prices to drop overnight cash strapped students should find them at least somewhat heartening In the words of Waller With textbook costs so high we need all the help we can get About the Student PIRGs The Student Public Interest Research Groups is a national network of non profit non partisan student advocacy groups that work on public interest issues pertaining to the environment consumer protection and government reform The new figure on inflation was calculated from Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index PPI data which measures the average change of wholesale prices over time For inflation on textbook prices we compared the PPI for College Textbook Publishing for 1990 210 2 and 2009 628 to the PPI for All Finished Goods for the same years 119 2 and 172 5 respectively The outcome was that the increase in the PPI for textbooks is 4 4 times the increase in the PPI of finished goods About Us Our

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  • New Federal Law Will Curb Skyrocketing Textbook Costs | INPIRG
    at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth The new law empowers professors to readily identify lower cost options that suit their instructional needs 2 Publishers must offer unbundled versions of textbooks Bundling or the practice of packing textbooks with CDs pass codes and other ancillaries that often go unused can increase costs 10 50 according to PIRG research From now on students will have the option to purchase only the items they need 3 Colleges must include the list of assigned textbooks during course registration With advance notice students can plan ahead for the full cost of their next term and they have time to shop around for the best deals on their books More cost saving options are available now than ever before Students can save hundreds by shopping for discounts online renting and trading used books with other students said Nicole Allen Textbooks Advocate for the Student PIRGs The next step is to make sure textbooks are affordable in the first place Another theme that emerged was that open source textbooks would play a prominent role in future efforts to reduce costs Open textbooks are digital books that unlike conventional e books are licensed to be free online and affordable to purchase in print While currently available for a limited number of courses budding efforts to create open textbooks including publishing company Flat World Knowledge and Durbin s legislation promise greater availability in coming years White is one of thousands of professors nationwide already exploring the use of open textbooks in college classrooms This fall he estimates that switching to open textbooks will save his 98 students approximately 11 000 Affordable high quality alternatives like open textbooks could mean serious competition for traditional publishers noted Dr White Especially now that professors know how much books cost For more information

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  • Congress Moves to Cut Textbook Costs in Landmark Bill | INPIRG
    professors assign the textbooks best for their courses students must purchase their books regardless of cost Student PIRG research found that publishers further exacerbate this problem by withholding price information from professors The bill reverses this problem by requiring publishers to put price information on the table so professors can consider costs on behalf of students The bill contains two additional provisions that give students more options as consumers First it requires publishers to sell all textbook bundles as individual books and supplemental materials PIRG research identified bundling as one of the main practices publishers use to drive up costs Second the bill asks colleges to inform students which textbooks they need a full semester early That way students will have time to shop around for the best deals The textbooks legislation was contained in the larger Higher Education Opportunity Act H R 4137 which passed today 380 49 in the House and 83 8 in the Senate The bill will now proceed to the President to be signed into law The textbooks provisions go into effect July 1 2010 To download a full analysis of the provision visit http www studentpirgs org resources textbook price disclosure law About the Student PIRGs The Student Public Interest Research Groups is a national network of non profit non partisan student advocacy groups that work on public interest issues pertaining to the environment consumer protection and government reform About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments IU Chapter Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns 21st Century Transportation Affordable Higher Education Democracy Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Subsidizing Obesity Student Consumer Action Network Sustainable U Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports Internships

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  • Save Student Aid | INPIRG
    on experience and make a difference Get Info Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Students in Action Student leaders educate the campus about income inequality during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week We collect petition signatures lots of them Hunger and Homelessness intern Roua Aboukhadijeh collecting interview footage on campus for a short film on poverty Students campaign for High Speed Rail Fast Trains ARE Cool Students

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  • Higher Ed | INPIRG
    cards Most recently a report by the U S Public Interest Research Group Education Fund found that hundreds of colleges have partnerships with financial companies to put a student s financial aid on debit or prepaid cards that carry hefty fees Under some of these deals official student photo ID cards can double as debit cards Read more about Campus debit cards can carry downsides News Release Student PIRGs Consumer Protection Higher Ed Student Debt Banks Skim Millions in Fees from Student Aid Using Debit Card Linked Student IDs Washington D C Over 9 million students are at risk for increased educational debt due to bank affiliated student debit cards that come with high fees insufficient consumer protections and few options Financial institutions now have affinity partnerships with almost 900 campuses nationwide grafting bank products onto student IDs and other campus cards to become the primary recipient of billions in federal financial aid to distribute to students Read more about Banks Skim Millions in Fees from Student Aid Using Debit Card Linked Student IDs Report Consumer Protection Higher Ed Student Debt The Campus Debit Card Trap Banks and other financial firms are taking advantage of a variety of opportunities to form partnerships with colleges and universities to produce campus student ID cards and to offer student aid disbursements on debit or prepaid cards In addition to on campus services such as student ID functions offered on the card some cards offer traditional debit card services linked to bank accounts other cards provide additional reloadable prepaid card functions The disbursement of financial aid and university refunds is the most significant partnership identified Read more about The Campus Debit Card Trap There is no A for effort Thursday May 24 2012 By Here s my statement on the failure to move debate forward on a bill to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling this July Related topics Higher Ed Read more about There is no A for effort Report U S PIRG Higher Ed The Cost of College Will Soar if Interest Rates Allowed to Double The loans distributed by the U S Department of Education currently hold an interest rate of 3 4 percent But that rate is set to double if Congress fails to act by July 1 2012 If that occurs millions of students will see their interest rates soar to 6 8 percent on the new loans they take in the next year thereby causing a steep rise in their loan burden and effectively increasing the cost of attaining a college degree Read more about The Cost of College Will Soar if Interest Rates Allowed to Double News Release Higher Ed Senators Block Bill to Keep Student Loan Interest Rates From Doubling On July 1 The bottom line is that this is important to future graduates and their families it is a top concern among students and has support from across the political spectrum Read more about Senators Block Bill to Keep Student Loan Interest Rates From

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